FOX’s Powered Vehicles Group to Include Street Performance Suspension Specialist Ridetech’s Performance-Defining On-Road Suspension Systems for Cars and Trucks
BRASELTON, GA – May 2, 2019 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Fox Factory Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: FOXF) (“FOX” or the “Company”) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all assets of Air Ride Technologies, Inc. dba Ridetech, a leading manufacturer of suspension systems that enhance the handling and ride quality of muscle cars, trucks, sports cars and hot rods. From restorations and show cars to high-speed autocross and track day cars, Ridetech offers a wide range of premium products including air suspension systems (air ride), coil-overs, shock absorbers, coil and leaf springs, tubular control arms, roll bars, and sway bars.
“The strategic, accretive acquisition of Ridetech is well-aligned with our mission of improving vehicle performance, delivering best-in-class service, and entering into strategic adjacent markets,” said Mike Dennison, FOX’sPowered Vehicles Group President. “We believe the powered vehicles market remains an attractive, long-term growth opportunity for FOX and that Ridetech will continue on its path of growth as they leverage our global marketing, engineering, distribution, and supply chain resources.”
Bret Voelkel, founder of Ridetech, said, “We are excited to be joining the FOX team and believe the expected synergies between us will enable Ridetech to more effectively design and optimize suspension systems and quickly broaden our combined customer base by utilizing FOX’s infrastructure to efficiently deliver aftermarket on-road car and truck suspension products and services.”
Subject to the fulfillment of various closing conditions, FOX will acquire Ridetech in an asset purchase transaction for approximately $14 million through a combination of cash on hand and newly issued unregistered shares of common stock of FOX. For 2019 FOX expects Ridetech to contribute sales of $6 million to $8 million after elimination of inter-company sales. The transaction is anticipated to close in May 2019.
About Fox Factory Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: FOXF)
Fox Factory Holding Corp. designs and manufactures performance-defining products primarily for bicycles, on-road and off-road vehicles and trucks, side-by-side vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, specialty vehicles and applications, and motorcycles. The Company is a direct supplier to leading power vehicle original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”). Additionally, the Company supplies top bicycle OEMs and their contract manufacturers and provides aftermarket products to retailers and distributors.
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